HUM Supplements : Beauty Starts WITHIN

February 19, 2017

I am over the moon about all things HUM !

I read this article in GOOP, by Dr. Frank Lipman the other day and flipped – I realized I needed some D BADLY! I asap hopped over to HUM and scooped up:

HERE COMES THE SUN ($10)

boosts D3 deficient bodies
  • High Potency vitamin D3
  • Perfectly dosed for busy professionals

Dr. Frank Lipman on Vitamin D Deficiency via GOOP

For the last 30 years or so, doctors (dermatologists in particular), health officials, beauty experts, and many product companies have been demonizing the sun. They’ve told us to avoid it because without sunscreen, exposure to the sun’s rays will damage skin and cause cancer. But this oversimplification distorts the facts. In the past few years, numerous studies have shown that optimizing your Vitamin D levels may actually help prevent as many as 16 different types of cancer including pancreatic, lung, breast, ovarian, prostate, and colon cancers. And the best way to optimize Vitamin D levels is through safe, smart and limited sunscreen-free exposure to the sun.

For hundreds of thousands of years, man has lived with the sun: Our ancestors were outdoors far more often than indoors. We developed a dependence on sunshine for health and life, so the idea that sunlight is dangerous does not make sense. How could we have evolved and survived as a species, if we were that vulnerable to something humans have been constantly exposed to for their entire existence? Is it possible that our bodies are made in such a way that the sun is really a lethal enemy? Not in my opinion. Like all living things, we need sunshine, and it feels good for a reason. Much as plants harness the sun’s rays through photosynthesis, our bodies use sunlight to help the skin produce the Vitamin D it needs to build bones, quell inflammation, bolster the immune system and protect against cancer (including skin cancer).

Let the Sun Shine In

Western medicine has made a practice of telling us to abstain from things that are bad for us in extreme quantities, when in fact those same things⎯fat, salt, and sunshine for example⎯are very good for us when consumed wisely and in moderation. In the case of sunshine, our UV paranoia is contributing to a silent epidemic: Vitamin D deficiency. It’s silent because most people don’t know they are deficient. And it’s deadly, because this deficiency can lead to cancer and a multitude of other diseases. But we’ve demonized the sun and been brainwashed into believing that even small amounts will harm us. We are told to slather on sunscreen whenever we are in the sun, which blocks Vitamin D production and exacerbates the Vitamin D deficiency induced by our modern, indoor lives.

Studies show that as many as three out of four Americans suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. A study published in 2009 in the Archives of Internal Medicine (a leading scientific journal), found that 70% of Caucasians, 90% of Hispanics and 97% of African Americans in the US have insufficient blood levels of Vitamin D. Indeed, it’s thought to be the most common medical condition in the world, affecting over one billion people and we now have research showing just how essential Vitamin D is to health.

U.S. and Norwegian researchers have found that people who live in higher latitudes are more prone to Vitamin D deficiency and more prone to developing common cancers and dying of them. It’s now thought that this is due in part to the body’s inability to make enough activated Vitamin D to help regulate cell growth and to keep cell growth in check. Independent scientific research has shown that whether you live in a sunny or not-so-sunny climate, exposure to the sun and its UVB radiation will increase your production of Vitamin D and help lower the risk of a host of debilitating and fatal diseases—including many cancers, heart disease, high blood pressure, Type I diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and depression.

And now the experts are concerned that we’re passing an epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency down to a new generation. Studies have shown that Vitamin D deficiency may imprint on an infant for the rest of his/her life. Infants that are deficient at birth can remain Vitamin D deficient for the first several months after birth, which may put them at risk of developing many chronic diseases much later in life.

Head over to GOOP for the full article.

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The Oaks Ojai for a Solo Spa Retreat

February 17, 2017

The Oaks Ojai  is a totally old school spa and I love it – just like Ojai – down to earth and serving nothing but realness.  I am obsessed with Ojai (who isn’t?) and this spa reeks of Ojai history.  I went solo for a couple of days of healthy, clean eating, and QUIET – perfect to clear and rejuvenate my mind, body, soul. And oh did I. It was BLISS.

I had a fantastic massage, ate super clean and simple food, watched small groups of ladies do pool aerobics ( I was recovering from minor surgery – don’t ask –  so I took it way easy!) I forgot my bikini – no prob I walked around in a robe and undies and no one noticed or cared or even looked twice. The chef will work your diet very specifically. I really felt like I was in the 70’s for some reason and loved every bit of it. The women at the desk so amazing. It felt like camp.

My casita was gorgeous – totally private and my little Spanish villa to myself. I confess to spending half my time in the enormous tub.

The Oaks Ojai is majorly unpretentious and perfect for a mother-daughter getaway. The crowd was not your uber-snobby LA wellness workout warrior freaks – but just normal women or all shapes and sizes. Many were older too, so once again, a great for a mom-daughter thing.

They have lots of event weekends (hikes, yoga, etc.

Make sure to check out upcoming programs.

And let’s not forget the town of Ojai is dreamy. You can step out and you are right in the center of it! SO MUCH GOODNESS EVERYWHERE!


Wasn't kidding about walking around totally comfy just like THIS! 

IPS POP and IPS CHIPS

February 16, 2017

OOH! A healthy, slimming snack for my car, home, kid’s lunches, etc-  IPS POP and IPS CHIPS are a protein packed snack that cuts fat intake in half.

Ips Snacks have a super tasty six grams of protein and come in 4 different delicious flavors (Sea Salt & Black Pepper, White Cheddar, Cinnamon and Barbecue).

 

Where to buy

Price:

  • Large Bags: $3.49
  • Small Bags: $1.29

New Clarins Spring launches!

Clarins Hydra-Essential Collection (February 2017)

A range of ultra-sensorial super-quenching textures for all seasons and all skin types. Every skin has different needs and certain climates require specific types of skin care. This is why Hydra-Essential comes in a variety of 4 textures and 1 serum offering tailor-made freshness and comfort. Collection includes:

Clarins Spring 2017 Colour Collection 

Inspired by skincare, it reveals the natural beauty of every woman. Underneath the color lies effective, natural plant extracts that respect and care for your skin. Collection includes;

Face Contouring Palette:

Sculpt and define facial contours with this limited edition easy-to-use palette offering the perfect range of long-lasting shades. Formulated with Organic Sweet Almond Oil and the Clarins exclusive Anti-Pollution Complex, the powder leaves skin soft and protected all day. The beveled brush makes application easy. Available for $42 at all Clarins counters nationwide and on www.clarins.com.

 

4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette:

Four satin, matte and iridescent eyeshadows, formulated with Carnauba Wax Extract, create an immediate color result. Apply these four new shades wet to create an intense effect or glide on dry for a softly defined eye. Available for $43 at all Clarins counters nationwide and on www.clarins.com.

 4-Colour All-in-One Pen:

This unique 4-colour pen includes three retractable eyeliner shades in black, brown and indigo to line and define the eyes. The natural beige lip liner prevents lipstick from bleeding. Enriched with Black Acacia and Sunflower Wax Complex to comfort eyelids and lips. Available for $30 at all Clarins counters nationwide and on www.clarins.com.

Ombre Iridescente:

Clarins’ cream-to-powder eyeshadow delivers a silky finish with an even, shimmering color result. The luxuriously light, easy-to-blend texture comes in three new shades. Each individually sold for $25 at all Clarins counters nationwide and on www.clarins.com.

Joli Rouge Brillant:

Clarins’ exclusive Shine Booster + Complex and fine pearlescent pigments deliver a subtle, irresistible shine. Mango Oil nourishes, softens and protects lips from dehydration. The three new sheer shades are now available for $28 at all Clarins counters nationwide and on www.clarins.com. 

 Clarins Body Fit (March 2017)

Clarins introduces a new anti-cellulite contouring expert that helps minimize the appearance of cellulite while promoting a smoother, firmer silhouette. The highly effective formula helps to visibly reduce the look of cellulite while providing an intense feeling of lightness and freshness. Thanks to its innovative texture, the skin will be feeling firmer and smoother and will be “lifted” to streamline the silhouette. The Clarins Body Fit will be available for $70 at all Clarins counters nationwide and on www.clarins.com.